IDU Forum


IDU Forum Washington D.C.

IDU Forums bring together policy makers, senior party officials, and thought leaders from our global membership and beyond. IDU gatherings allow an open exchange and vigorous debates in a unique environment among like-minded partners committed to shared values of freedom and democracy.

Our Forums create value for participants by building relationships, discussing policy challenges, sharing best practices for campaigning and governing, and supporting parties in emerging democracies.

The IDU holds two Forums annually: our marquee IDU Forum in Washington, D.C. and a regionally focused Forum that alternates location. At our 2019 Forums the IDU was deeply honoured to host high-level participants such as Chilean President Pinera, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, U.S. Senators Romney, Young, Barrasso, and Toomey, Congresswoman Liz Cheney and USAID Administrator Mark Green, and many others.


The overview of the IDU Forum in Washington D.C. conference program is available here. Click to see some of the main events.


IDU Forum 2019 welcomed an abundant number of insightful speakers who are helping shape the global conversation. See the list here.


IDU Forums take place with the generous support of our partners. Click here to view IDU Forum 2019’s supporting partners.

The Bush-Thatcher Award for Freedom

The IDU, the world’s global alliance of the centre-right, created the Bush-Thatcher Award for Freedom as the IDU’s highest honour.  This award bears the name of two of the IDU’s principal founders, both historic leaders of their time, whose legacies embody the IDU’s core mission of supporting freedom and democracy globally: President George H.W. Bush and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  President Bush and Prime Minister Thatcher led the creation of the IDU in 1983 and were signatories to the London Declaration, the document that brought the IDU into existence.

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  1. The IDU’s Bush-Thatcher Award for Freedom recognizes outstanding contributions made by an IDU member-party or individual towards advancing the core values for which the IDU stands; freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The IDU is deeply grateful to the custodians of President Bush and Prime Minister Thatcher’s legacies for their collaboration in establishing this honour.At the IDU Forum 2019 Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony held December 5th, 2019 in Washington, D.C.,  IDU Chairman Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, announced the recipient of the inaugural Bush-Thatcher Freedom Award was the Maldivian Democratic Party for their tremendous accomplishment in restoring freedom and democracy to the Maldives.


Past IDU Forums

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The IDU held our first virtual Forum on April 20, featuring global leaders for a timely discussion on the latest policy responses to COVID-19.
On April 12-13, the IDU, was excited to hold its first IDU Forum Latin America, a highly successful two-day conference in Santiago, Chile. The conference focused on the success of the conservative movement in Latin America, comparing its record with the suffering and deprivation Nicolás Maduro’s socialist dictatorship has unleashed in Venezuela.